Heart & Sole

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Project Description

Fall Registration is Closed! Registration for Spring 2020 opens January 6, 2020


For more information or questions please contact Allison Sinning at (605) 681-8328 or asinning@embe.org.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Heart and Sole is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 6th to 8th grades. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K run. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl.  In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components – body, brain, heart, spirit and social. The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the girl wheel to identify changes they would like to make within themselves and ways they can contribute to change around them.

Another element of Heart & Sole is the concept of small acts of kindness. It’s a way to help girls develop their empathy by noticing opportunities to be kind, appreciating these acts in their lives and engaging in these acts with those in their home, school and neighborhood.

Girls on the Run is currently comprised of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada. We want girls to have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole wherever they live.

The following schools are participating in the Heart & Sole Fall 2019 Season

SF – Edison Middle School
SF – Memorial Middle School
SF – Patrick Henry Middle School
Spearfish Middle School
Tea Area Middle School

If you are interested in bringing Heart & Sole to your school or community, please contact the Council Director, Stacy Stahl, sstahl@embe.org.

Become a Heart & Sole Coach!

Heart & Sole strives to help every girl activate her limitless potential and ensure that she is free to boldly pursue her dreams. You can help make this possible by becoming a Heart & Sole Coach and making an investment in the life of a girl! Each season, Heart & Sole has a dynamic group of coaches that volunteer their time to guide and mentor girls so that they are prepared to become happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults. The Fall 2019 Heart & Sole season will start the beginning of September and end mid-November. Our teams consist of 8 to 20 girls who meet twice a week. Each practice is 75 minutes and led by two fully-trained coaches. Most teams meet after school around 3:30 or 4:00 pm.

Heart & Sole Coach Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Interest in mentoring girls and being a positive role
  • Can commit to one, 75 minute practice a week
  • Able to complete National Coach Training (held throughout month of August)
    **You do not need to be a runner to coach a Heart & Sole team!

Apply today to coach for our 2019 Fall program! We have locations in Sioux Falls and across South Dakota. Two coaches work together each session and 4-6 coaches per school allows schedule flexibility. It’s our volunteers that bring this program to life!

Click here to Apply!

Our Fall 5K is Sunday, November 10th in Sioux Falls!

When & Where:
Harmodon Park (5721 E 41st, Sioux Falls, SD 57110)
Race starts at 2:30pm. Please don’t arrive before 1:30pm.

All runners must register! Click here to get signed up – Fall 2019 5K Registration
*This race is only open to current Heart & Sole program participants, their families and mentors. It is not open to the general public.

For more information about parking, race route and team meeting place, please check out our Fall 5K Runner Guide 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
Just a couple hours of your time  helps reinforce the great lessons they learned this fall. We need your help with set up, take down, guiding people along the route and walking behind the teams. Come join us! You’ll be inspired as you watch them complete their personal journey. Click here to register to become a volunteer.

Get In Touch

300 West 11th Street

Phone: (605) 336-3660

Fax: (605) 336-2238


Childcare Center
6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Fitness Center
Mon – Fri 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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